Letter: Cyber-hacking rhetoric exposes hypocrisy

To the editor:

Cyber-hacking from foreign countries or dedicated enemies poses a great threat not only to our national security but, as we now know, to the very foundation of our democratic process, the right to vote.

This concern has been brought forth with passion by members of Congress as they seek to address this challenge. And yet there is a certain falsity underlying their display of anxious rhetoric when we consider the lengths to which our country has gone, for over 200 years, to withhold or prevent many Americans from exercising their right to vote.

It is disheartening that to this day many states openly support voter suppression as a legitimate political strategy, unfortunately legitimized by the Supreme Court. These states have achieved renewed success in depriving citizens of this right by reducing polling stations, cutting hours, ending Sunday voting, requiring more ID and a host of other nefarious initiatives.

So perhaps while Congress investigates cyber attacks it could schedule time to look into this base American fraud of voter rights deprivation and cut back on the rhetoric, which is annoying, and often insulting.

We have suffered from some hypocrisy throughout our history, but it is perhaps worse than ever now. This poses a greater challenge for us in these stark times but with fortitude and resilience we will one day Make America Just Again.

"This [country] of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Richard Mason,

South Lee


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